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Baseball Autographs – Signed Books

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Lot 70.  Eliot Asinof Autographed Stated First Edition of “Eight Men Out." Asinof’s thorough account of the 1919 World Series Black Sox scandal is a baseball classic. The book served as the basis for the 1988 John Sayles film with the same title, which Asinof co-wrote. The 1963 hardback is ex-m in an ex-m+ dust jacket. Asinof signed the title page; his signature is mint 10. Asinof played minor league ball in the Phillies’ organization. He passed away in 2008. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Winning Bid $83     

Lot 71.  4 Mark Harris Books – 3 Signed, 3 Telling the Henry Wiggen Saga, & 1 on Racial Issues. All of the books are hardbacks. Harris is widely known for the 1956 novel “Bang the Drum Slowly.” A fictional pitcher for the “New York Mammoths,” Wiggin was the central figure in the book, as well as in a 1953 prequel, “The Southpaw,” and in a 1957 sequel, “A Ticket for Seamstitch.” All three segments of the four-part story are represented here. The book “Diamond Baseball Writings of Mark Harris” contains the screenplay he wrote for the 1973 movie adaptation of the book; the entire screenplay had never been published before. It is accompanied by a related Harris article. The 1994 first edition book is nm-m in an ex-m+ dust jacket. Harris placed a gem mint 10 autograph on the title page. “The Southpaw,” which is unsigned, is a vg stated first edition with a tear and very small piece of cloth missing at the top of the spine; the dust jacket is f-g. Harris autographed the two other books. His gem mint 10 signature on the flyleaf of “A Ticket for Seamstitch,” the third book in the Wiggin quartet, is personalized and dated Sept 28, 1995. The stated first edition 1957 book is ex+ with corner wear on the covers; the dust jacket is vg-ex. “Trumpet to the World,” which presents a gem mint 10 Harris autograph on the flyleaf, is not a sports book. Instead, the book focuses on racial issues. The 1946 book is ex-m, with an ex dust jacket. Harris passed away in 2007. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Winning Bid $50     

Lot 72.  “Man on Spikes” Baseball Novel Autographed by the Author – Eliot Asinof. Before serving in World War II and then becoming a writer, Asinof briefly played minor league baseball in the Phillies organization, for the Moultrie Packers and the Wausau Timberjacks. Mike Kutner, the main character is this 1955 book, an apparent first edition, is based upon Mickey Rutner, an Asinof teammate who eventually played in 12 games in the Majors. Like Kutner, Rutner faces numerous hurdles in becoming a major leaguer. Asinof tells Rutner’s story from the perspective of 13 people who are close to him. Roger Kahn, another noted author, chose “Man on Spikes” as one of “the golden dozen” baseball books. Asinof’s autograph on the title page is gem mint 10. At some point, the book’s front cover and dust jacket encountered water, and the two are now partially attached. The book’s binding remains tight, and the pages are unaffected. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Minimum Bid $40     

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